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Arts organization will network next month during St. Charles conference

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 3:04 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The arts will take center stage May 3 in downtown St. Charles as the Chicago Suburban Arts Conference unfolds.

This is the first year of the event, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in businesses in the First Street Plaza in downtown St. Charles. Registration is $35 a person, which includes a light breakfast, lunch and post-conference reception.

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The event is designed to bring arts organizations together to network with each other, said Teala Irons, an intern for the Batavia-based Water Street Studios.

“We put this together to get all the suburban arts communities together for one day,” Irons said. “They can help each other and be aware of each other’s art communities.”

The conference will feature a number of speakers. Janet Carl Smith, the former deputy commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, will present the keynote address on “Connecting the Arts: Thoughts on Collaboration and Advocacy.”

Additional speakers and break out facilitators will include Illinois Arts Council, Arts Alliance Illinois, Lara Oppenheimer of Chicago Time Exchange, Jimi Allen of Gravity Building and others.

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